The world of cinema is dimmer today as we bid adieu to an icon, Claude Trehet, the visionary behind the Le Sporting cinema in the heart of the Principality. With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of this luminary at the age of 94.
Born in the picturesque town of Caen in 1929, Claude Trehet was a man of many passions. His love for sports, particularly basketball, was unwavering. Alongside his dedication to the court, he was a loving father to three children. In the early 1970s, he made a home in the charming city of Nice, where his career led him into the realm of industrial refrigeration. Yet, it was his unwavering passion for the world of cinema that truly defined his legacy.
The opportunity to embark on a cinematic journey presented itself when his brother-in-law, Pierre Vercel, offered him the chance to acquire his shares in the illustrious Pathé Gaumont company. This pivotal moment marked the birth of Le Sporting cinema in the heart of the Principality of Monaco.
In the heyday of Le Sporting, luminaries like Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace graced its hallowed halls, joining countless others from Monaco who forged cherished cinematic memories within the darkened chambers of Monte-Carlo.
Of course nowadays there is another special treat for movie-goers in Monaco in the summer. The vision of Claude Trehet has fuelled the passion of movie fans.
And part of the legacy of that vision is alfresco movie magic in Monaco, nestled between the heavens and the azure waters, the Monaco Open Air cinema has marked decades of cinematic splendour.
Perched atop the “Parking des Pêcheurs,” it stands as a strong contender for Europe’s most enchanting open-air cinematic experience with a paradisiacal backdrop.
Beyond the glitz and glamour of the silver screen, Claude Trehet harboured a deep-seated affection for the seas and oceans. From his childhood, he was a true mariner, the call of the open waters forever etched into his spirit. He was a proud owner of boats, navigating the azure expanses with grace, a source of joy for himself, his family, and his cherished friends.
In 1977, his life’s journey took a momentous turn as he crossed paths with Analisa, the woman who would become his beloved wife. Together, they embarked on a remarkable odyssey of over 45 years in the Principality and beyond, finding solace and joy in the serenity of their home in Morbihan, Brittany.
Claude Trehet peacefully sailed into the horizon on October 7th, leaving behind a legacy that will forever light up the screens and the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
To his dear wife, family, and all who were touched by his brilliance, the HelloMonaco team extends its heartfelt condolences.